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3 mins read A weekly newsletter that takes a closer look at the aspects of truth and falsehood in recent news topics. In an uncertain time, stay informed about the latest news & updates on coronavirus-related developments in Nigeria.

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Fact Checks of the week

On Tuesday 11th May 2021, a Twitter user Defense News Nigeria shared a thread alleging the French government of sponsoring African militant and rebel groups. It also linked France to the recent upsurge of the Boko Haram…

Recently a news blog @Lindaikejiblogoffical claims that a new variant from India is now in Nigeria and has been found in Edo and Osun states in Nigeria. This blog quoted Professor Oyewale Tomori as saying …

A recent news report by Newsclickng claims the General Overseer (GO) of the Living Faith Church International popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, urged his church members…

Tip Of The Week

#FakeNewsAlert

There’s precious little that we can do about the barrage of misinformation that we see daily, but there’s a lot we can do together if we learn to identify suspicious claims in the news and refrain from fuelling the fire by spreading them! Here are our top picks of likely-to-be-false news which [sadly] couldn’t be fact-checked.

CLAIM: Federal Government Sponsored ICT Training –  SOURCE: WhatsApp Message

A message making rounds on WhatsApp draws attention to an alleged ICT Training sponsored by the Federal Government and urged readers to apply. While this message may appeal to those seeking this kind of opportunity, it is important to verify the authenticity of the website. Many fraudulent websites have emerged devising different techniques to scam or pull traffic to their websites. 

Questions to ask yourself: Who is the source? Who Initiated the training? Which government office is sponsoring the training? How genuine are the attached URLs?

What you should do: Verify before sharing. 

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